Katmai Terrane


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Bears. Salmon. Volcanoes. Wilderness. Culture. These are the terranes of Katmai. Each is distinct, but in combination these features create a place like no other. Read about the uniqueness of Katmai in this blog.

Witnesses to A Landscape of Contradictions – The Rediscovery Of A 1917 National Geographic Society Expedition Camp

October 02, 2016 Posted by: Laura Stelson

In 2013, a ranger stumbled upon the remnants of a National Geographic Society basecamp in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. This summer, 2016, our team of archaeologists returned to the site and found a landscape of contradictions.


Backpacking in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

June 02, 2016 Posted by: David Kopshever

Rangers make their first trip into the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes.


Ukak Spire: Falling Down, Falling Down

July 05, 2015 Posted by: Aaron Camire

The present breathtaking, but steam-free, view from the Robert F. Griggs Visitor Center is a reminder that one of earth's newest landscapes is rapidly transforming. Evidence of this transformation lies throughout the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, especially at Ukak Falls.


Explorers of Katmai Country: Robert F. Griggs (1881-1962)

December 10, 2014 Posted by: Aaron Camire

Explorers of Katmai Country: In this continuing series of posts, we’ll highlight different people tied to Katmai’s varied history. Today, we focus on Robert F. Griggs who led the charge to protect the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. No single individual has made longer lasting impacts on Katmai's modern history.


Deciphering the Novarupta-Katmai Eruption

November 26, 2013 Posted by: Michael Fitz

In the early 20th century geologists had a limited understanding of volcanoes. Plate tectonic theory was still half a century away. Radio communications in remote, volcanically active areas were unreliable or non-existent. Eyewitness accounts of volcanic eruptions were difficult to gather. Seismographs, an essential tool for contemporary volcanologists, were almost unheard of in Alaska. For many years, little was known or understood about what happened in early June 1912 on the northern Alaska Peninsula.


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